7th April 2021

Some dates for you diary (at long last)

Ayr Riding Club is a member of British Riding Clubs (BRC) and follows the advice of BRC and HS (HorseScotland) when deciding whether to run training and competitions in the present circumstances.   The rules and regulations change fairly frequently so we will try to keep you up to date with what we are able to do.  We did have training sessions at Muirmill and Morris from August to November 2020 and have made assessments for both sites, as have their owners.  Social distancing still applies when you are on a horse and we have test and trace forms for anybody assisting a rider and anyone who is not an ARC member.  Click here for the forms.  

The poles and cross poles training by Debbie Rodwell at Gainford Sports Horses on 1st April went well (‘just fabulous’, ‘super afternoon’ and ‘I’m going to join ARC now’ were just a few of the responses) and we have organised more events at Gainsford with Debbie on Thursday 6th May and Thursday 3rd June. Gainford Sports Horses is well sign posted off the Fenwick-Stewarton road, it has a good sized arena and parking and is in East Ayrshire.

Wednesday 14th April Jumping David Gatherer 5pm, 6pm, 7pm at Muirmill, South Ayrshire.

Dressage for Fun (Muirmill, outdoors, all Mondays) 3rd May, 14th June, !2th July and 16th August. Looking to re-start dressage, a new horse? An old horse? Thinking of going up a level? Dressage for Fun is an ideal start, no pressure, no panicking about stock-tying, give it a go!

NEW Gail Smith lessons!  A lot of our members enjoyed the Gail Smith lessons that we had at Morris a few years ago.  We are now able to re-join Gail at her yard in South Lanarkshire in May.  Group lessons for four for ‘fun flatwork’; the first one will be on Tuesday 11th May with lessons at 5, 6 and 7pm.   The venue is Lawside Farm, Jackton Rd, Jackton, East Kilbride G75 8RR.

TREC competition, Muirmill, 26th June.  Looking forward to seeing you at the re-arranged TREC competition.

All these can be booked through Equo now, new dates and venues to be added so look out for these.

Unmounted education and entertainment, February 2021 onwards

17th February 2021

The The British Horse Society Masters’ Series – Episode 1 featuring Yogi Breisner FBHS ** Reaching Pole Position with Yogi Breisner FBHS **Looking for a ray of sunshine during the grey days of winter? Then look no further as The British Horse Society has just released the first episode of a five part series of programmes designed to help people get the most out of their riding regardless of their level of riding or ambition. As a special BRC exclusive, BRC Members can access this content for the discounted price of £5 using the code BRC21. To get your discounted ticket go to buytickets.at/bhs Presented by Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and filmed by her talented production crew. The first episode of the BHS Masters’ Series, ‘Reaching Pole Position with Yogi Breisner FBHS’, sees Yogi getting creative with Laura Collett’s poles. Why not improve your balance and accuracy with the pole work exercises he created for the riders or set yourself the challenge of recreating the perfect performance of the full pole work test as demonstrated by top event rider Laura Collett riding her Pau winner, London 52? Regardless of your level of riding or ambition, Yogi’s guidance will be an inspiration to you. Future programmes in the series will be released over the next few months and will feature top coaches including Richard Davison FBHS, Caroline Moore FBHS and Erik Mackechnie Guire, the newest Fellow of The British Horse Society. Each episode will focus on a different aspect of riding and coaching. Tickets for this online programme are £10 and all the funds raised will go towards the BHS Coronavirus (Covid 19) Appeal to support thousands of horses at BHS Approved Riding Schools find out more about this appeal at Coronavirus Appeal | Fundraising Campaign for UK Horses (bhs.org.uk). More information about the series is available at www.bhs.org.uk/series Once accessed the programme will be available to view until 1 September 2021.

Interested in showing?

17th February 2021

Entries have just opened for this year’s virtual SEIB Search for a Star at Your Horse Live online photo competition classes. Which will be judged by top Search for a Star judges.www.seib.co.uk/competitions and www.yourhorselive.co.ukThere are classes for amateur showing enthusiasts including Show Hunter, Traditional Gypsy Cob (TGCA Breed Association), an M&M, a riding horse, a hack, a show cob or a maxi-cob, a rcaehorse to riding horse, a diamond pony, a Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) horse or pony, a part-bred traditional gypsy cob, or a veteran horse or pony.

BRC Virtual Dressage Championships 

17th March 2021

Rebecca McNab, Louise Morgan, Jill Offer, Debbie Rodwell, Beverley Craig, Katie Nisbet and Belinda Floyd from Ayr Riding Club are all taking part in the BRC Virtual Dressage Championships. Good luck to them all!

Cut Price membership: Act Now!

Until we are able to hold group training sessions, the price of annual membership will be reduced from £35 to £30, as a thank you to our members and as an encouragement to re-join Ayr Riding Club. You can re-join using Equo (Equoevents.co.uk), remembering to click on the Membership 2021 link, or email info@ayrridingclub.com if you have any problems using Equo. If you are not re-joined yet but want to keep in touch with what we are planning to do, please email your contacts details to info@ayrridingclub.com .